Dutch defender Matthijs de Ligt said he has no regret joining Juventus after Patrick Kluivert suggested he should’ve gone to Barcelona.
De Ligt has played all but eleven matches this season. He also faced criticism after Juve’s draw with Atletico Madrid in the Champions League.
The Italian press have also been quick to suggest he has not recaptured last season’s Ajax form. But the 20-year-old De Ligt insists he is happy with his start to life in Italy.
“I don’t regret the fact that I have moved to Juventus,’ the 21-year-old told Voetbal Primeur. ‘They are saying and writing a lot of stuff.
“If a person like Kluivert says something like that, it might seem true, but it really is just his assumption.”
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De Ligt’s compatriot and team-mate at Ajax Frenkie De Jong headed to the Nou Camp, but he chose not to follow and opted for Juventus instead.
Earlier, Kluivert, speaking to Mundo Deportivo, had said about his compatriot: “I didn’t personally try to convince him about joining Barcelona.
“I only told him about the positive aspects of Barcelona as a club and city.
“We are obviously talking about a great defender and in the end he made a choice. I think he slightly regrets it now, but that’s the way it is.
“In life, you must make choices, sometimes good ones and sometimes bad. You have to learn from your decisions.’
De Ligt’s Juventus are back in action against Atalanta on Saturday, when they are looking to continue their unbeaten run in Serie A this season.